Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Afghanistan Builds International Ties

The Afghan government opened new offices on the 29th of September in New York City, which consisted of an Afghan Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the Afghan Consulate General. This symbolizes the establishment of closer ties between Afghanistan and the United Nations. Afghanistan was one of the original signatory nations to the UN Charter on the 26th of June, 1945. Their relationship with the international governing body is historic but following the insurrections, instability and conflict that gripped the nation between roughly 1990 and the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the nation has been decidedly on the ‘outs’ of International Relations.

Accusations of against President Hamid Karzai’s administration and the grueling toll of ISAF personnel killed in the battle to restore stability and wrest power from the tribal militias have worn the credibility of the fledgling government. A Xinhua article quoted the Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta as saying "Unfortunately, the negative coverage of the situation in Afghanistan by international media has overshadowed the many positive trends and developments achieved since the collapse of the Taliban's regime." The opening of these new facilities is symbolic of Afghanistan’s desire to engage more deeply with the international community.


Opening Ceremony: Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UN in New York

Xinhua- Afghanistan opens new offices of UN Mission, Consulate General in New York

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